My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

I do believe in fairies. . .

After a few days of trying, I'm hoping this will post. . .Here is what I wrote on Sunday.

Every Saturday is movie night here. The kids look forward to it all week and once the weekend comes around, they are constantly asking what movie we'll be watching on movie night. Most of them want to watch "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" since we read it in class, but have never seen the whole movie at one time. Instead, we've been watching different movies and they seem to be enjoying it!

This week, we watched Peter Pan. The boy who never grew up. The kids loved it. And all day Sunday, they stomped around the house saying "I do, I do, I do believe in fairies". And it reminded me of the whole point of Peter Pan! The story is all about children, imaginations, good versus evil, growing up or staying the same.

Last spring, I went to see the play Peter Pan in San Francisco. It was in a round tent and CGI effects were put up on the walls so that you felt like it was night, or that you were flying, or that you were underground in Peter Pan's house. It was a beautiful performance! And when the part came where Tinkerbell dies, everyone in the house (almost all adults, mind you) chanted at the top of their lungs that they believed in fairies. There is some kind of magic in the imagination, in the innocence of children, and in the love of a good story.

Take some time today and live inside a children's storybook or movie. I think you'll be surprised at the smile that it will bring to your face!

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of my conversation with Jeff in the car. We were talking about whether or not to introduce Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny to Ashlee. I don't want her to be all caught up in something that may be distracting her from the real reason of celebrating that day.

    But then at the same time I think part of being a "kid" is being able to use your imagination. It is great to think of this other world that doesn't exist but you don't realize that as a kid. I don't want to deprive her of being able to use her imagination. Although I also don't want to lie to her either.

    I think we are more leaning towards allowing there to be a Easter Bunny and Santa Clause because I remember how much fun that was as a kid. I think she will enjoy it too. However at the same time I hope to be able to put more emphasis and teach her about the holiday and why we celebrate it. We can have fun but we need to make sure we are doing activities that center on the reason for celebrating the day.